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Gerard Depardieu

Gérard Depardieu opens private airline

French film star Gerard Depardieu has named his new airline Cyran R (pronounced “See-ran air”), a reference to the French literary great he played in the 1990 film “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

Gerard Depardieu

Last November, the actor founded a company enabling him to store his private jet and eventually rent it out to interested parties. The aircraft will be based at the Lesquin airport, outside of the French city of Lille, just across the Belgian border from Estaimpuis, where the actor currently lives.

According to newspaper reports the aircraft will serve to carry passengers as well as commercial cargo.

Depardieu has stepped away from acting in recent years, focusing instead on diversifying his sources of income. Tired of acting, as he told the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche on January 5, Depardieu opened a commercial wine cellar last November in Estaimpuis.

At “La Cave à Gérard,” wine afficionados can buy wines that once belonged to the actor or to his famous acquaintances, including celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Depardieu also owns a bed and breakfast hotel in Estaimpuis, and he plans to open a gourmet restaurant in the neighboring city of Tournai before the end of 2014.

The actor is also investing in the real estate business following his acquisition of a stake in Cogimmo, a chain of real estate agencies; he plans to open several franchises in France and Belgium.

Emirates Launches Luxury Private Jet Service

Emirates Executive lounge area

Emirates has launched a private jet service promising “unsurpassed luxury” for well-heeled travellers.

The specs are impressive and nothing less than what would be expected of a service created to cater to the world’s obscenely wealthy. The reconfigured Airbus A319 includes, for instance, 10 private suites that slide fully shut, fully lie-flat beds and 32-inch flat screen TVs.

Emirates Executive Private Suites

A large shower and spa features heated floors, marble accents, all-natural skincare products and luxury toiletries from Bulgari.

Emirates Executive shower spa

The main salon can likewise be configured to guests’ needs, be it as a business center for videoconferencing and high-powered meetings, or as a comfortable living space courtesy of the mechanically-activated table, two 42-inch LCD screens, and two sofas.

Emirates Executive lounge

Other amenities include 1,500 channels of on-demand entertainment, high-speed internet and mobile phone connectivity, and an in-flight menu that offers guests a fine dining experience at up to 35,000 feet in the air.

Emirates Executive dining area

The luxury jet can accommodate up to 19 guests. The private charter service flies to most locations worldwide, and extends beyond the carrier’s network.

Emirates luxury private jet service

The launch of a private jet service comes in response to increasing demand from markets in the Middle East, Europe, India, Russia and China, says the carrier.

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Shangri-la Maldives launches private jet services

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa

The Shangri-La hotel chain is launching a luxury travel package for wealthy Chinese consumers that includes a flight aboard a private jet to one of the most exclusive and remote parts of the Maldives, a favorite destination for affluent holidaymakers in China.

The Shangri-La Private Jet Journey program is billed as a personalized, upscale travel experience that will shuttle guests to the chain’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives aboard a Boeing Business Jet.

Though the plane has a capacity for 150 people, the luxury jet has been converted to seat 26 people for a more spacious journey.

Guests will land at the Shangri-La’s privately-owned airport —  the only hotel in the country to boast its own private executive airport terminal —  where they will be greeted by staff who will take them through the check-in process and facilitate their stay.

Amenities at the Villingili resort include a nine-hole golf course and bike tours of the islands. The property itself stretches along a 6-km coastline, with 2 km of fine, white sandy beach.

Guests will alternate their stays between the Water Villas, which are built on top of the resort’s lagoon and offer panoramic views of the ocean, and the Tree House Villas, an adult version of the treehouse.

The luxury travel package is being launched in collaboration with Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency and its top luxury brand HHtravel.

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Airlines offering ‘all-you-can-fly’ subscription services

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Subscription services for extra legroom, increased baggage allowance, and even ‘all-you-can-fly’ programs are making their debuts in the airline industry, in what could become the next trend in flying.

Earlier this week United Airlines launched a new service that would allow subscribers to book seats which offer extra legroom at the front of economy cabins for a flat fee of $500 a year.

Their new baggage subscription service also allows flyers to check up to two bags for free on all United flights for a rate starting at $349 a year. Currently, travelers on domestic flights pay $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag. On international routes passengers are allowed to check one bag for free and must pay $100 for their second suitcase.

Meanwhile, Santa Monica-based airline Surf Air has launched an “all-you-can-fly” subscription service that would allow members unlimited flights within the US for a flat rate that starts at $790 a month.

The private jet service is operated on a Pilatus PC-12 with BMW-designed leather interior seats which can accommodate eight passengers.

And in addition to personal concierge services, a monthly subscription entitles members to bring additional guests onboard for free, provided reservations are made two weeks in advance.

To begin, routes serviced will include the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara, and the Los Angeles Metro Area before expanding to to the rest of California and nationwide.

Business aviation market in recovery

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Manufacturers of business jets can look forward to climbing sales in the years to come thanks to emerging markets as they gather in Switzerland for an annual air show, having survived the turbulence of the global financial crisis.

But “we’re still waiting for the real recovery,” noted Eric Trappier, chief executive of Dassault Aviation, which will have three versions of its luxurious Falcon jet on display on the tarmac at Geneva at the three-day EBACE show that opens Tuesday.

In 2012, the French company sold 58 jets compared to 36 the previous year, to take a 17% market share according to analysts at the Teal Group aviation consultancy.

“And, after the first quarter which just finished, the trend doesn’t differ much for 2013,” added Trappier.

With 66 deliveries in 2012, Dassault is still off its pre-crisis performance of 72 deliveries in 2008.

Deliveries of business jets grew by just 4 percent in the first quarter of this year, estimates Gama, the association which groups manufacturers.

“Business aircraft have been hit harder by the economic downturn than any other aerospace market,” said Teal Group vice president Richard Aboulafia.

He said the $13-billion sector saw the value of deliveries drop by 29.2 percent between 2008 and 2012 as the global financial crisis forced corporations to cut back on executive travel and fewer of the world’s super rich splurged on luxury jets.

Teal Group expects that the industry will muster 11 percent this year, lifted by higher deliveries of the Gulfstream 650, which is the most expensive business jet with a price tag of around $60 million.

For the following four years it sees annual growth of around 12 percent.

“Unfortunately, with this growth rate we won’t see a recovery to the 2008 peak deliveries level until 2015,” added Aboulafia.

Not all the elements are in place for a real recovery.

On the market for used jets “the number of transactions is increasing, but at still weak prices, in particular for discontinued models,” explained Trappier.

Moreover, confidence has slow to return to the US market, which is the top for the industry.

The US market “is the lungs of business aviation despite the sector having globalised,” said the Dassault chief.

Some two-thirds of the business aviation fleet in service (around 12,000 jets) are situated in North America “although constructors are today delivering a much greater proportion of planes to the rest of the world,” he noted.

However Ernie Edwards, head of the business aviation branch at Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, believes there are reasons to be optimistic.

“US corporate profits are at record levels and that means North America will set the pace of recovery,” he said.

Plus Embraer sees weakness in Europe being balanced out by activity in the Middle East, China and Africa.

The number of super-rich individuals is also now back at record levels, with manufacturers eyeing in particular the emerging markets.

In China there are some 3,000 individuals with a net worth above $500 million and 130 billionaires, according to the Teal Group.

“Only about 150 business jets were registered in China in early 2011, compared with well over 10,000 in the United States,” said Aboulafia. “But this is up from fewer than 100 just two years ago and just a few dozen in 2006.”

Bombardier, which is the leader in the business aviation sector with nearly a third of the market, last year estimated that 2,360 business jets would be delivered to China by 2030.

The company unveiled its new 10-seat Challenger 350 in Geneva on the eve of the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition.

But even in Europe there are “pockets of growth” emphasised Marine Eugene, European sales director for NetJets, which offers fractional ownership in aircraft as well as charter and management services.

NetJets is seeing the London market perking back up.

“After three years in sleep mode, it is very active at the moment,” she said.

EBACE should be “much more positive this year.”

The highlight of this year’s show is expected to be the Legacy 500, Embraer’s new midsize entry, which is making its global debut at the show and is expected to enter into service next year.

Edwards said Embraer expects the Legacy 500 to be a “game-changing aircraft” that will have the same disruptive influence on business aviation as that experienced by the telecommunications industry with the advent of the smartphone.

The midsize jet will offer full fly-wire-technology and a six-foot (1.8 metre) stand-up cabin.

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Around the World with Four Seasons

Elephant riding Thai jungle

Luxury hotel brand The Four Seasons has announced an ‘Around the World’ travel itinerary aboard a private luxury jet that comes with a personal chef and onboard concierge.

Built around Four Seasons properties around the world, the 23-day itinerary for 2014 includes stops in Bali, where guests will take part in Balinese cooking classes and in Chiang Mai, where they’ll ride elephants in the Thai jungle.

Guests on the Around the World Tour will be shuttled on a Boeing 757 which will come with a private chef, a physician, and an onboard concierge who will help build personalized travel itineraries such as spa appointments, sightseeing tours, and dinners for couples celebrating a special occasion.

The price tag for this once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world? $87,950 USD for double occupancy and $8,950 USD for additional guests.

Four Seasons’s Rediscover the Americas itinerary, meanwhile, takes guests on a tour of the American west coast and South America with stopovers in Miami, Nevis, Buenos Aires, Carmelo, Costa Rica, Punta Mita and Beverly Hills. On the Americas tour, the travel itinerary may include a beachfront yoga session in Mexico, for example, or a horseback ride through the grasslands of Uruguay.

Double occupancy on the Americas tour is $62,950 USD while the single supplement is $7,650.

The Four Seasons Rediscover the Americas tour is scheduled for February 24 – March 13, 2014, while the Around the World tour kicks off March 14, 2014 for 23 days.

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Prince Alwaleed sells A380 flying palace

Airbus A380 prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, ranked #29 on the list of global billionaires by Forbes magazine, has sold off his Airbus A380 jet plane, according to media reports.

Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth in March 2012 was estimated at $18 billion, ordered the A380 way back in 2007, and had ordered multi-million-dollar customisations to it, which made the media dub his aircraft as ‘the flying palace’.

The 57-year-old used the proceeds from the sale to expand his investments in Saudi Arabia and the greater Middle East, Sanbar said in an e-mail.

Alwaleed’s fortune has surged $8.5 billion since April 2012 as Kingdom shares have almost doubled in value. The diversified investment company, which controls stakes in Citigroup, News Corporation and the George V hotel in Paris, accounts for more than two-thirds of Alwaleed’s net worth.

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Blackberry maker to sell jet to save $1 billion

Dassault Aviation F50EX

Research In Motion which has lost 95% of its market value since 2008, is selling one of its two business jets under a plan to save $1 billion in operating costs.

The maker of BlackBerry devices put its nine-passenger Dassault Aviation SA (DSY) F50EX up for sale, trying to fetch $6 million to $7 million.
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Fastest Supersonic Jet

Nasa joins race to build new supersonic passenger jet

Fastest Supersonic Jet

A prototype of the “Son of Concorde,” a supersonic jet being designed in a collaborative effort between Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream and NASA is set to be revealed next month at the Farnborough International Airshow in England.

The plane would fly more than 2,485 mile per hour, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

Currently, the fastest subsonic executive jet, Gulfstream’s new G650 can fly 646 miles per hour and has a top speed of just 704 miles per hour.
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Interior Design for Private Jets in China

Private Jets tarmac

As sales of private jets increase in China, interior design companies are looking to cash in.

From bedrooms fit for a prince, to jacuzzis, bars, small theaters, stereo systems and hookups for iPads, interior designs for private jets are taking off in China.

As sales of private jets grow in an emerging market, a small group of interior design companies are beginning to reel in more and more Chinese buyers.
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A Private Jet With Space for Both the Rolls-Royces

Airbus A380 prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Airbus is about to deliver a luxury double decker A380 to the Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, a major investor in Citigroup.

Ordered in 2007, it will be the most expensive personal jet, with a final price well in excess of $500 million, including the cost of outfitting it with one-of-a kind amenities.
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Private Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

What does one put on a private jumbo jet?

Private Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

The world’s first privately-owned Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental has been delivered to one well-heeled buyer, airplane manufacturer Boeing announced this week.

The 747-8, a ‘stretched’ version of the classic jumbo jet, normally seats 467 passengers across its two decks, but the delivery made this week is likely to carry considerably fewer.

Instead, the undisclosed VIP customer will be able to fill the airliner with almost whatever they want, likely limited only by their imagination — and the 444 square meters of space which they have to play with.
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PrivateJet.com domain sells for $30 million

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Nations Luxury Transportation, LLC, has agreed to acquire the domain name PrivateJet.com from Don’t Look Media Group for $30.18 million in cash and stock.

Nations Luxury Transportation’s goal is to deliver the most efficient platform to facilitate worldwide chartering, aircraft acquisitions, and the selling of private jets.

By the end of 2012, it is expected that PrivateJet.com will be generating over 250,000 unique visitors per month from over 52 countries worldwide.
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Embraer presents jet to envoy Jackie Chan

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Brazil’s leading planemaker Embraer is eyeing the large Chinese market, and on Friday presented a Legacy 650 executive jet to martial arts star Jackie Chan to help build its brand there.

Embraer said that Chan would help the company promote “its entire line of executive aircraft, not only in the rapidly growing greater China market, but globally.”

“This delivery is a moment of historical importance to Embraer because it solidifies an already long and successful relationship between China and Embraer,” said Ernest Edwards, president of Embraer’s Executive Jets unit.
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Cessna Citation M2

Cessna Citation M2 business jet

Cessna Citation M2

In late September, Cessna introduced the Citation M2, a light business jet that fills the gap between the Mustang entry-level jet and the Citation CJ family.

The new design has been in development for three years and it’s slated to fly during the first half of 2012.

With room for two crew and six passengers, the $4.195 million Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 741 kilometers per hour and a range of 2,408 kilometers.
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Dassault Falcon 2000S

dassault falcon 2000s business jet

Dassault has unveiled the Falcon 2000S with the goal of creating a full-size Falcon with a midsize price ideally suited for an eight-hour flight.

With a price tag of under $25 million, Dassault claims the Falcon 2000S will feature the largest cabin, longest range and best performance in its class .

New inboard wing slats and high-Mach blended winglets enhance aerodynamic efficiency, so the 2000S can get in and out of small, convenient airports.
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The Airbus A320 Prestige by Comlux

Airbus A320 Prestige charter

Comlux, a charter company based in Zurich, unveiled its latest custom-fitted ultra-luxury jet, an Airbus A320 Prestige suitable for up to 19 passengers.

Top-quality, exclusive materials were used throughout, with a natural color palette that echoes the sand and sky of the desert.

The main room offers a VIP lounge with L shaped divan, two club seats and a large dining table for 6 guests.
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